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First Winner of International Award for Art Criticism Announced


There was an overwhelming response to the First International Awards for Art Criticism, with 170 English language entries from more than 40 countries and regions, including the United Kingdom, the United States, the Ukraine, the Philippines, Turkey, Uganda and Zambia. 150 Chinese language entries came from across Mainland China and a similar cross-section of applicants from Hong Kong, Taiwan and a number of other countries, including the United States and Russia.

The Board of the International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC) have announced the names of the three winners of the first (2014) edition of these Awards:

1st Prize-winner (Chinese)

Su Wei (Beijing, China): ‘Language is Confrontation. Reflections sparked by Yan Lie’s exhibition, ‘Bilder, die (nie) verschwinden (Pictures that never Disappear)’, at Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, China,

Joint Second Prize-winner (English)

Joobin Bekhrad (Toronto, Canada): ‘Sin City. The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Nasereddin Shah-e Qajar’. A review of Siamek Filizadeh’s exhibition, Under Ground, at the Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran.

Joint Second Prize-winner (Chinese)

Zhang Han Lu (Shanghai, China): ‘The Impulse to Scribble’ A review of Liu Chuang’s exhibition, Love Story, at Salon 94, Freemans, New York, USA.

The Awards were announced at a special ceremony and press conference at the newly opened Shanghai 21stCentury Minsheng Art Museum (M21) on Monday 24 November 2014.

The three finalists’ reviews can be downloaded from the IAAC site. Some twenty of the entries from the final shortlist, including the three finalists’ essays, will be included in a bilingual Chinese-English publication, due out in spring 2015.

Details of the Second International Awards for Art Crticism (IAAC 2) will be announced on the IAAC website in May 2015.